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Tuck Everlasting

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Tuck Everlasting

4.5/5 (188 évaluations)
165 pages
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Jan 20, 2015


Critically acclaimed when it was first published, Tuck Everlasting has become a much-loved, well-studied modern-day classic. This anniversary edition features an in-depth interview conducted by Betsy Hearne in which Natalie Babbitt takes a look at Tuck Everlasting twenty-five years later.

What if you could live forever?

Is eternal life a blessing or a curse? That is what young Winnie Foster must decide when she discovers a spring on her family’s property whose waters grant immortality. Members of the Tuck family, having drunk from the spring, tell Winnie of their experiences watching life go by and never growing older.

But then Winnie must decide whether or not to keep the Tucks’ secret—and whether or not to join them on their never-ending journey.

Praise for Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt:

“A fearsome and beautifully written book that can't be put down or forgotten.” —The New York Times

“Exciting and excellently written.” —The New York Times Book Review

“With its serious intentions and light touch the story is, like the Tucks, timeless.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“Probably the best work of our best children's novelist.” —Harper's

“Natalie Babbitt's great skill is spinning fantasy with the lilt and sense of timeless wisdom of the old fairy tales. . . . It lingers on, haunting your waking hours, making you ponder.” —The Boston Globe

“This book is as shapely, crisp, sweet, and tangy as a summer-ripe pear.” —Entertainment Weekly

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Jan 20, 2015

À propos de l'auteur

Artist and writer Natalie Babbitt (1932–2016) is the award-winning author of the modern classic Tuck Everlasting and many other brilliantly original books for young people. As the mother of three small children, she began her career in 1966 by illustrating The Forty-Ninth Magician, written by her husband, Samuel Babbitt. She soon tried her own hand at writing, publishing two picture books in verse. Her first novel, The Search for Delicious, was published in 1969 and established her reputation for creating magical tales with profound meaning. Kneeknock Rise earned Babbitt a Newbery Honor in 1971, and she went on to write—and often illustrate—many more picture books, story collections, and novels. She also illustrated the five volumes in the Small Poems series by Valerie Worth. In 2002, Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a major motion picture, and in 2016 a musical version premiered on Broadway. Born and raised in Ohio, Natalie Babbitt lived her adult life in the Northeast.

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Foreword to the

40th Anniversary Edition

Time, like story, moves only forward.

Once you open a book and read the first line—like my six-word sentence above—you can never un-read it. You might forget it till you see it again, but you can never return to the state of total unknowing.

The same holds true for storytelling.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I am the sort who tries very hard not to read the front flap of a dust jacket. Those beckoning paragraphs often give away the plot. Consequently, I avoid reviews, blurbs, jacket copy, and forewords whenever I can. I prefer to explore a text on my own, to discover its secrets for myself. No spoilers.

If you’ve never read Tuck Everlasting before, and you feel as I do, why not let the author of this book, Natalie Babbitt, share this story at her own pace and discretion? I remember what it means to approach this book for the first time, having no notion what lies ahead.

So I have an idea. Pause here. Jump ahead and read Tuck Everlasting. This story shoots like an arrow off a quivering bow. When you’ve finished, come back to the asterisks below and finish the foreword.

But linger in the story as long as you like. I’m in no hurry. I have all the time in the world. You’ll be back at these asterisks before you know it.

* * *

While a reader can never go back and encounter a book again for the first time, one of the many miracles in storytelling is this: A story has an infinite number of opportunities to begin.

Think of it this way. Imagine you take this very volume that you have in your hands to your grandfather, who has lost his reading glasses. You say to him, I just finished this fantastic book and I want to share it with you. Listen.

You open to the first page (again). You read the prologue, with its image of time like a never-ending circle. Time like a revolving Ferris wheel supplied with a year’s worth of months, a wheel that never alters the order of progression. (April must follow March.) Nor the rate of progress. (The Fourth of July happens precisely every 365 days. Except in a leap year—every rule has its exception.)

What an unforgettable image that is, by the way. The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year … I’ve remembered it for nearly forty years already. I’ve gone around on time’s Ferris wheel nearly forty times since I first read this prologue.

I also love that phrase, the live-long year.

Then you turn to the first chapter, about the road that led to Treegap, and then the second chapter, about Mae Tuck setting out to meet her sons, Miles and Jesse, who had … looked exactly the same for eighty-seven years.

Weird and wonderful as this is, you press on. Chapter three. Winnie Foster talks to a toad in the road about wanting to be alone for a while, wanting to be unsupervised.

Here’s the funny thing. You are encountering Winnie again. You know what she is going to find, and face, and fume about, and figure out. But for your grandfather, listening intently, and for Winnie, she is beginning her adventure as if it has never happened.

It’s almost as if, in a story, time has two different talents: the talent to proceed inevitably, like an arrow across a meadow aiming toward a target, and a talent to begin again, like that Ferris wheel rolling endlessly through its circuit.

This is true of all stories. Jill Paton Walsh, a writer friend of mine, once wrote that you need only open Act One of Hamlet to find the ghost of Hamlet’s father haunting the ramparts of Elsinore, and all the bloody sorrow of that drama begins again. Every time you read In a hole in a ground there lived a Hobbit, you realize that Bilbo Baggins’s departure from the Shire and his eventual encounter with Smaug is all ahead of him—and you. The endings of stories are intact, waiting for you to get there. For every once upon a time there is a happily ever after.

Well. Almost. This story may be an exception to that rule. For while this story has an absolute beginning, a once upon a time, Tuck Everlasting—alone of all the stories I have ever read in my entire life—has no absolute end.

* * *

When I was instructing young people who wanted to become English teachers, I found that many of them didn’t know the difference between plot and theme.

I tried to help them. A plot, I said, is what happens. It involves the names of characters and the actions they take.

Charlotte spins a web with words in it to save Wilbur the pig from becoming bacon. That’s a plot. It happens in time and in sequence: first threat, then Charlotte’s solution, then rescue. In that order.

A theme, I said, tells why the author wrote the book. A theme is the ambitious idea upon which an author stands when aiming the arrow of plot. A theme must be explained without using the names of characters or the description of events.

In Charlotte’s Web, one theme might be: True friendship is worth sacrifice.

In The Hobbit, one theme might be: Even the lowly may do great deeds.

In Hamlet, one theme might be: Self-knowledge is essential to strive for but may be impossible to gain.

In Tuck Everlasting—this book belongs among those other great works of literature—one theme might be: Every choice we make has a reward and a cost.

Books can have more than one theme. That’s one of the reasons to reread them. That is why I can reread Tuck Everlasting over and over, even though when I meet Winnie Foster again standing in her front yard, I know exactly what she will do later in the book.

What I don’t know is what it will mean to me now. For I grow older, year by year. Life and joy, sorrow and understanding, they all wash against me, changing me day by day, year by year. When I return to the same place on time’s Ferris wheel that I remember from the year before, the place may seem the same but I have changed. I have to look again, to see what the author’s views might suggest to me, what they mean now.

* * *

Okay. Maybe you’re one of those people, like Winnie, who doesn’t always follow the rules. Even if you’ve never read Tuck Everlasting before, you may not have taken my advice. You may have ripped ahead this far into my foreword before slipping into the novel itself.

If so, you’ll be relieved to learn that I’ve worked hard not to give the plot away. I’ve hinted about a lot of things, but I’ve done so slyly. After you do finish reading the novel, come back and reread this foreword again. The words will be familiar to you, but they’ll mean something different, because you’ll be a different person. You’ll be a person who has now read Tuck Everlasting.

Natalie Babbitt is a distant but dear friend of mine. At the fortieth anniversary of the publication of this celebrated and beloved novel, I’m honored to provide these few comments to help put her achievement in perspective. Not that it needs perspective. This is one of the most focused novels I’ve ever met.

This novel will live for a long time. Maybe not forever. Very few things last forever. If I had to make a bet about lasting value, though, I’d bet that Tuck Everlasting will continue to intrigue readers young and old—not only as long as readers are opening it for the first time, but as often as readers pick it up to reread.

Gregory Maguire    

The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. There is no thunder, no relieving rain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.

One day at that time, not so very long ago, three things happened and at first there appeared to be no connection between them.

At dawn, Mae Tuck set out on her horse for the wood at the edge of the village of Treegap. She was going there, as she did once every ten years, to meet her two sons, Miles and Jesse.

At noontime, Winnie Foster, whose family owned the Treegap wood, lost her patience at last and decided to think about running away.

And at sunset a stranger appeared at the Fosters’ gate. He was looking for someone, but he didn’t say who.

No connection, you would agree. But things can come together in strange ways. The wood was at the center, the hub of the wheel. All wheels must have a hub. A Ferris wheel has one, as the sun is the hub of the wheeling calendar. Fixed points they are, and best left undisturbed, for without them, nothing holds together. But sometimes people find this out too late.

The road that led to Treegap had been trod out long before by a herd of cows who were, to say the least, relaxed. It wandered along in curves and easy angles, swayed off and up in a pleasant tangent to the top of a small hill, ambled down again between fringes of bee-hung clover,

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  • (5/5)
    I've seen the movie that came out a few years ago, and I thought I'd read the book as a child, but I was imagining a totally different ending. Regardless, I absolutely loved this book. The writing was so beautiful - I re-read the first page several times over because the sentences were perfection. The idea is also really unique - a family drinks from an innocent-looking spring only to find the water basically froze them in time. They never age, and nothing can kill them - which is both a blessing and a curse. When Winnie stumbles across the family, she's swept in by them and their magical lives. Really makes you ponder if you'd drink from that spring or not.
  • (4/5)
    Heartwarming and depressing all at once.
  • (3/5)
    It was ok, I have been pretending that I was going to read this book for years so I figured this would be a good time. I liked it enough to finish it, but I don't know if I'd recomend it to anyone. A nice idea though.
  • (4/5)
    Tuck Everlasting is yet another one of those childhood classics that I failed to read as a child, nor did I watch the movie. Still, I'd heard enough general discussions about the book to have a high level feel for what to expect.Diving right into the story, I was quickly sucked in by the simple and yet vivid language used to describe the world and the actions. The writing is definitely aimed towards younger readers and the voice and tone of the novel are certainly tailored specifically for kids. However, the text doesn't 'talk down' to young readers. Nor does it explicitly try to preach or admonish the youthful audience.Instead, we engage with the story through the eyes, voice and attitudes of a pre-teen girl, Winnie Foster. She has a fresh and innocent outlook on the world but at the same time she's a little jaded about her own existence, living almost as a prisoner, locked within her own home and forbidden to go outside the gate (except for school, church, etc). She has no friends to speak of and expresses frustration at the attitudes of her family.I love the way the story opens up with a prologue explaining that we are about to see three seemingly unrelated events which will change the course of life for the individuals involved. It's an odd opening that is both exciting and foreboding at the same time. As those three events unfold, I especially love the thoughts racing through Winnie's mind as she's excited, then scared, then happy, then anxious, and so on.The story is very simple and is a very quick read. And yet, it's a book with great staying power as a classic and one that kids and adults keep coming back to. The writing and the story in themselves are enjoyable but I think what really makes this book maintain its popularity and appeal are the conversations it opens with the reader.It poses questions about love, family, freedom, choices and the nature of mortality. It leaves you thinking about the nature of life and the idea of a "life well lived."I'm glad I finally got around to reading this book. It's an uplifting and light hearted book with added depth in the profound questions and messages it presents. If, like me, you skipped over this book, you should go back and give it a try.****4 out of 5 stars
  • (4/5)
    Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit is a fantasy book. In the story, a young girl named Winnie Foster is very sheltered child. One day she decides to go against the rules and go into the woods outside her house. While there she sees a boy drinking from a stream. She too starts to drink, but the boy, Jesse Tuck, stops her. He takes her to meet his family, and she stays with them a few days. While there she learns that the family is immortal because they drank from the stream. A man who had been following them, comes to get Winnie but the Tucks feel like he is trying to kidnap her; Mae Tuck hits him with a gun and he dies. Mae is taken into custody and is supposed to be hanged, but because she is immortal, if the town tries to hang her her secret will be revealed. The Tucks break her out of jail and Jesse gives Winnie some of the water to drink when she is a little older if she wants.This was definitely an interesting book. It did have a good story line, but at times I felt it was rushed. It was a sweet book with just a little bit of a love story in it. I would have students write a paper on whether they would like to be immortal. I would also have them write a newspaper article about the jailbreak.
  • (5/5)
    One of the few books where I did not like the ending but still loved the book.

    This book is one of my favorites, loving the realistic-fantasy tone of it. It is both heartbreaking and uplifting, which when you're in sixth grade, you don't understand - you just see it as an amazing book.

    A very quick read, this one is a fantastic one read aloud.
  • (4/5)
    The quiet spare text of this story of Winnie and her relationship with the Tuck family offers an abundance of philosophical questions about life and death for students to consider. Originally rated this a three, but having gone back and re-read it this summer--2012-- I'm appreciating the richness of the conversations that Babbitt's writing opens up.
  • (4/5)
    It has been awhile since I read the book but I did enjoy it. I read it so that I could see the movie. Very heart warming story.
  • (4/5)
    A young girl struggles with the concept of immortality when she stumbles across a family that inadvertently found the key to everlasting life. Winnie's struggle becomes even more challenging when she falls in love with one of the sons of the family, forcing her to choose between endless life with him or a mortal life without him.
  • (3/5)
    I have read this book a few times, it is an easy, quick read but I love it! It tells a story about a family that will live forever because of some spring/well water they drank. They find out that their secret has been seen by a girl, so they take her back to live with them for a little while. Her world is basically turned upside down with adventure, and she ends up falling in love with the family. One of the sons gives her a chance to live forever with them, and she has to decide if she wants that life or not.
  • (5/5)
    The ending made me weep like a small child. This is the first book that ever made me cry like that. Amazing storytelling!
  • (5/5)
    beautiful story of a young girl learning how to grow up and how to love.  
  • (4/5)
    Good book- fountain of youth, and the impact that staying young forever could really have.
  • (5/5)
    Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt is one of those children's books (from a long list, sadly) that I missed reading in my childhood.Out in the countryside there's a family that owns a spring as part of their rural acreage. They haven't seen any use for it or figured it had any value, so they've let it be and ignored it for decades.Things change though when their daughter follows an unusual melody from a music box. It leads her to the Tucks, a family blessed (or cursed) by her family's over looked spring.Afraid of what the girl's reaction will be to their BIG secret, they kidnap her. Much of this short book is the Tucks' long backstory and the girl's growing acceptance of them.Tuck Everlasting wasn't what I expected (dreaded). Since the most recent film adaptation my husband has been bemoaning his experiencing of having to read it in elementary school. Then our so read it in school and LOVED it and insisted that I read it. Turns out, I agree with my son. It is very good.It asks a lot of questions about life, death, immortality and morality. And it has a nice surprise ending.
  • (4/5)
    Thought Provoking Read!!!A beautiful tale for the young and old alike. Admittedly, the beginning was a slow start but the descriptions of the scenes were beautifully described in an enchanting way that pulls you in and keeps you until the very end. So many topics, besides immortality, can be discussed after reading the book. It's a perfect read for all ages not just for its intended audience.
  • (3/5)
    This book is about a girl her name is Winnie. she met these people and they were way different and there was something weird about them but she didn't know what. until the middle of the book.
  • (4/5)
    I love this book, and have loved it since I was young and read it. The main idea of this story is to see what you would do for love: would you live forever to be with the person you love? I like this book because of the character development of Winnie. At the beginning, she is naive and is running away because she is quite honestly bored. However, in meeting Jesse and spending time with the rest of the Tuck family, she matures and discovers that there can be many hardships in life. She shows her final maturation and complete character development when she takes Mae's place in jail, and in choosing to not drink the water. I also like this book because it addresses a controversial question: if able to live forever, would you? The author writes in a way that glamorizes as well as diminishes it, showing the pros and cons, and therefore lets the reader choose what their opinion is on the subject.
  • (5/5)
    Winnie Foster is always locked up in her house. One day, she runs away and sees a tree which springs water. A young man, Jesse Tuck, is drinking from it. Winnie leans to drink, however he stops her. Jesse's brother and mother appear, and take Winnie with them. They tell her their biggest secret: the spring has the ability to give eternal life. Subsequently, Winnie learns about the circle of life, friendship and love. She falls in love with Jesse.

    On the other side, a man in a yellow suit has been investigating them and wanted the spring so badly. He takes Winnie as a hostage so they can show him the spring. The mother of Jesse hit his head and he died. She is sent to gallows and escapes it thereafter. The Tucks bid farewell. Jesse left her a bottle of spring water to drink, and promised that he will come back for her.

    The Tucks return to Treegap and discovered that Winnie had chosen life with death rather than life eternal as they found her headstone. The woods have been demolished and new buildings and roads have been built. They feel terribly sad and continue to travel.

    I hate how this is being compared to Twilight by Stephanie Meyer.
    Winnie choose to be mortal whilst Bella choose to be immortal.
    C'mon, a girl is smarter than a grown up woman. If someone would defend Bella for being in love, I will tell you that Winnie was also in love. She, however, choose to be mortal and live life as how it should be. If some may say that she is young and not in love, then I would ask how do you know if she is not? And if she was not in love, she still made the best decision. Why does a girl needs a guy to have a happy ending? The main point here is that you don't have to live forever, you just have to live.
  • (3/5)
    The book is about three different lives that come together in an odd way. Winnie Foster’s family owns the woods by their cottage. Winnie is stuck between leaving home to find something she can call hers or do something to make a difference. Mae Tuck is going to meet her boys like she does every ten years for the past 87 years. The man in yellow is searching for something that his grandmother told him about 20 years ago. While exploring the woods Winnie comes across a boy by a big tree drinking from a spring in the ground. When they meet Jesse tries to convince Winnie not to drink from the spring and Mae has to take Winnie away to explain their story. On their way back to the Tuck’s they cross the path of the man in yellow. The man in yellow follows the Tuck’s and Winnie back and hears everything. While away Winnie falls in love with the family, they are hers. In exchange for Winnie’s whereabouts the man in yellows buys the land from the Fosters so he can own the spring. When the man in yellow comes back to retrieve Winnie from the Tucks, Mae kills the man and is sent to the gallows. Winnie understands the importance of keeping the spring a secret and knows that Mae cannot go to the gallows because she cannot die and the secret will be reviled. Winnie makes a difference by exchanging places with Mae in the Jail house and gives the Tucks time to escape.I enjoyed this book the and how everything came together at the end. I really thought when Winnie turned 17 she would drink the water and be with Jesse, I was wrong! The man in yellow really made me mad; everything would have been just fine if it wasn’t for him!! I loved the characters and the adventure. In the classroom the students can write a short story about what decision they would have made; drink the water or not drink the water and why. Another idea would have the student draw a picture of one of the characters in the way the book described them.
  • (5/5)
    This book is about a girl she runs away meets this boy has drinking water and tells her not to drink it.
  • (5/5)
    I liked the book, Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt. The big idea in this story is a secret water spring that keeps people from aging. The author keeps the suspense of her audience by with- holding information about the man with the yellow suit. He seems mysterious and is unnamed. He appears spooky, “His tall body moved continuously; a foot tapped, a shoulder twitched. And it moved in angles, rather jerkily. But at the same time he had a kind of grace, like a well-handled marionette. Indeed, he seemed almost to hang suspended there in the twilight.” He also was described by the author as a creepy madman when he came to take Winnie from the Tucks, “His eyes were like blind fire points and his face was twisted.” The author also created a relationship between Winnie and Jesse that was a special one. Winnie seems immediately have a crush on Jesse, one the Tucks. She describes him, “he seemed so glorious to Winnie that she lost her heart at once.” When Winnie took Jesse’s hand to say hello, she thought, “He was even more beautiful in person.”
  • (5/5)
    Tuck Everlasting is an elegant read-- a small story with a big heart. On the surface, it's about a family who unknowingly drank from a "fountain of youth," and the little girl who stumbles upon their secret. On a deeper level, it's about a child making important realizations about what it means to grow up and earn some freedom from one's family. Winnie struggles with fear and the discomfort of being away from the reassuring, if somewhat oppressive bosom of her family, but ultimately learns to take a stand based on what she alone believes is important.

    Despite what many of the reviews say, I don't find the ending to be sad at all! I think it's a perfect ending....
  • (4/5)
    “Tuck Everlasting” is the story of a young girl who finds herself witnessing a young man drinking from a spring of water that makes you live forever. The young man kidnaps the girl and takes her to meet his family in hopes that after hearing the story of their everlasting life, she will keep their secret. The message of this book is to enjoy every moment of your life and realize that it is a cycle that is not meant to go on forever. One way the author gets this message across is in the beginning of the story by comparing life to a ferris wheel. She states that everything is a cycle that is constantly turning and changing but eventually it needs to come to an end. This foreshadows what the rest of the book will be about and starts getting the reader thinking about events to come in the book. It also even almost gives away the ending in a sense. Another way the author gets this message across is by using the girls, Winnie, personal thoughts about everlasting life and her chance at it. At first she is very young and wants to drink the water and live forever. But in the end she chooses not to drink it because she has realized that life is not meant to go on forever. This was a dramatic ending that wasn't the fairy tale ending most books have. However, it greatly added to the story and gave the book its meaning. This book is a great read that constantly had me thinking about what I would do if I were in Winnie's situation. It constantly keeps the reader thinking and wondering even long after they've put the book down.
  • (4/5)
    I love the way Tuck Everlasting handle's mortality. It makes the reader ponder their life and the natural circle of life. I feel this book does a great job of selecting a strong theme and teaching a moral lesson without bashing it over the reader's head. The character development along with the conflict/resolution in this book is extremely strong. If I was teaching a high school litature class I would include this on my class booklist. The book discussions would be fascinating.
  • (5/5)
    Despite this book being somewhat of a short read, it still grips your attention from the get-go. In the end it makes one realize, true love waits a lifetime...and also. What would you do if you could live forever? I recommend this book to everyone of all ages, whether young or old...you'll throughoughly enjoy this book.
  • (5/5)
    The book starts out with a little girl named Winnie Foster living in an uptight home, planning to run away. She changes her mind when the time comes, but decides to sneak away into the wood for the day and that is where she meets the Tuck family. They “kidnap” her and tell her their story of drinking water from a spring and living forever. They plead with her not to tell anyone their secret and try to convince her of the negative aspects of eternal life (except Jesse Tuck, who actually tries to get her to drink the water when she turns his age). After Winnie is back home (and after her exciting experience with the Tucks and doing all in her power to keep their secret unknown), she must decide whether or not she would want to live forever and drink from the spring. It ends with the Tucks coming back through town many years later and seeing Winnie Foster’s gravestone.This is a great book! When I started it, I wasn’t sure I would like it because it is very descriptive (I normally like to get to the point with minimal description), but the story turned out to be wonderful! I even began rereading some parts that did the describing because I really wanted to envision the setting with clarity. I know this personal reaction sounds like a bunch of fluff but I was truly impressed and actually enjoyed reading it (even though it was a required book for completion of a course I was very engaged). This book makes me want to read more books now – books that aren’t for information purposes but that are for pure enjoyment and leisure. Thanks to the professor who assigned it to the class!One extension would be to have the class split up into two teams and form a debate – one side for eternal life and the other opposing it. They would create opening and closing statements, come up with critical questions for the opposing team, and be sure to be prepared to fully defend their side. Evidence from the book would be highly welcomed. Another extension is to have each student pick out an example of personification from the book and bring it to life artistically. Pictures, drawings, magazine cut-outs, paint, dioramas, anything of this nature would be acceptable. When they read their chosen example, whatever they personally picture in their minds is what they should attempt to visually express to the rest of the class.
  • (4/5)
    Truly a wonderful story. We fell in love with the Tucks just as Winnie did; the writing is truly superb and makes you wish she had written several epic adult novels.
  • (2/5)
    As a whole Tuck Everlasting was just ok book. When I first heard about this book I thought that I was going to really enjoy it. The concept is very interesting and the decision that Winnie has to make I the end Is a really interesting decision with a lot of really good points that could be made either way. While I was very excited to read the book, when I actually did I often found that I was bored. The beginning was really hard to actually start and get into. The author begins by describing the setting and while that is an important part of the story, there where several different ways that the author could have begun the story to really make sure that she was capturing her reader. As the story progress I thought that there would be more action and a lot more romance between Winnie and Jesse. There was really neither. I often found myself struggling to stay focused on the story and what was going on. The book needed more action. It was mostly one long story about the Tuck’s life. The book needed to pick either the love between Winnie and Jesse, or the relationship between the family and make that the focus. I believe that they tried to showcase both of those things, but didn’t give either enough. This story had a lot of different themes in it. I think that the main theme though was choice. The author was trying to show the reader that in the end we have the ability to choose our own life. This is shown when Winnie decides not to drink the water. She chooses to have a better life by living it out as she should.
  • (4/5)
    I didn't read Tuck Everlasting as a child, though it is geared as a children's book, in fact I'd never even heard of it til it popped up on my Goodreads recommendations and I then stumbled across it in a secondhand bookstore (they do wonders for me!). It's not very long, only about 135 pages, and it only took me a train ride to the city to read it, but that does not make it any less impressive!I don't know what it was that so struck me about this book. I loved the descriptions, which painted a beautiful picture but weren't overdone. I loved the characters - the Tucks and Winnie - the Tucks for their selfishness and their sadness, Winnie for her curiousity, her fierce loyalty, her willingness to help when she realised what was at stake.I couldn't help but wonder how the Tucks would perceive this world now, this fast paced world of technology and progress, as compared to the world in the early 1800s when they would have first realised that they would live forever. I wonder what they would think. Would it make them happy? Would they be disappointed at the way humans so carelessly treat their lives and this planet? Just a thought to ponder.
  • (5/5)
    Tuck Everlasting is a very descriptive book about a young girl named Winnie Foster. She lives a much protected life behind her family’s fence. She decides that she wants to leave the fence and explore what is out in the world. She enters the woods that her family owns near her house. While in the woods she happens upon a young man by the name of Jesse Tuck. He is drinking out of a well in the middle of the woods. Winnie wants a drink but he will not let her have one. When Jesses mother and brother arrives they decide they have not choice but to kidnap her and take her home with them. They explain to Winnie why she can not drink from the well and why she can not tell anyone about the well. When Winnie returns home she has to decide if she is going to drink from the well when she turns seventeen so she can be with Jesse and live forever.I loved this book! The writing is so descriptive I can picture every part of it in my mind like I was there. I love the struggle that Winnie goes thru. I often wonder what decision I would make if I was ever put in shoes. I had never thought about the negative aspects of living forever. I would have my students write a pro’s and con’s chart for drinking from the well. I would also have them right a continuation of the story for what the Tucks are going to encounter in the twenty first century